If you want to improve your sleep game, get moving.
Exercise has long been associated with healthy sleep. A new study finds that boosting the quality of your shut-eye helps with quality physical activity.
Activities including running, biking, weightlifting, yoga, and even gardening are associated with better sleep habits compared to no physical activity, the University of Pennsylvania research found.
However, other types of physical activity, including childcare and housework, are stressful. Of course, it’s possible that this may be due to the fact that parents are more likely to engage in these activities. They may experience worse sleep for other reasons, but the study’s authors didn’t draw a connection.
The researchers analyzed previously collected data on sleep and physical activity.
They got this from more than 400,000 adults. They asked how much time they spent doing various light physical activity this month? Also, how much sleep they usually got in a 24-hour period.
They found light physical activity is correlated with sufficient sleep. Rather than a lack of physical activity. This is light physical activity greater than, childcare and housework. Even light activity like walking and gardening was enough to make a difference.
“Those who got some activity, no matter what it was, were more likely to get the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep,” the study’s lead author Dr. Michael Grandner, sleep research and professor of psychiatry at the university, told The Huffington Post.
Grandner said that simply walking was enough to improve sleep habits. However, the effects were stronger with “purposeful” activities like yoga, running, and gardening.
If you’ve started getting more active and haven’t seen a change in your sleep yet, keep trying. Research has shown that while an exercise regime may not have an immediate impact on sleep, it can result in significant improvements in sleep quality and duration when sustained over the course of a few months.
By Carolyn Gregoire huffingtonpost.com